To most people, he’s known simply as Dustin Basks.
To his brothers and family members, he’s ‘Superman’.
And, to his Claremore Zebra teammates and coaches, he’s their ‘Playmaker’.
No matter what, though, he represents one of the top 12 football athletes in the Green Country area, according to NewsOn6 and Bob Hurley Ford.
A week ago, Basks joined 12 other finalists for the Bob Hurley Ford/NewsOn6 Football Banquet in Tulsa.
It was there that Basks, his mother Bridgett Cox, his uncle Ballie Basks and Claremore head football coach Rob Gilbreath saw how important that Basks is to the Zebra football program.
Throughout the season, Gilbreath referred in numerous interviews that (Dustin) Basks was the MVP of this team.
At the end-of-the-year Zebra football banquet, Basks received the ‘Team MVP’ award voted on by his teammates and coaches.
“Dustin’s one of those players that allows us to use him in a variety of ways,” Gilbreath said after Basks’ 3-touchdown performance against Coweta.
It was on that night — in Claremore’s 31-24 win over Coweta — that Basks garnered the attention of Bob Hurley Ford and NewsOn6.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound two-way starter accounted for three touchdowns and recovered a game-turning fumble.
* Basks caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brinley Brown.
* Basks raced 34 yards untouched for a touchdown in the Zebras’ ‘Wildcat’ package.
* Basks electrified the crowd with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that opened the third quarter.
All three touchdowns showcased the talent and importance that Basks brings to the Zebra football team as they transition into Class 6A Division II in 2014.
Basks capped off his junior year with impressive statistics — 19 carries, 160 yards, 2 TDs; 44 catches, 861 yards, 9 TDs; 3 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries; 2 blocked field goals; 13 kickoff returns for 474 yards and 7 punt returns for 257 yards.
Simply put, Basks’s football skills and savvy play-making moves are ‘magnificent’.
“I’m glad ‘No. 7’ is on our team,” Gilbreath said earlier this year.
And, so is the rest of Claremore.
Claremore’s Basks finalist for NewsOn6 Award
To most people, he’s known simply as Dustin Basks.
Patel named RSU men's basketball assistant coach
Rogers State University head men’s basketball coach Justin Barkley named Vinay Patel the new assistant men’s basketball coach on Monday.
“I am very excited about bringing Vinay on board,” Barkley said. “He brings invaluable experience to the program as he is a well-respected recruiter and his NCAA Division II resume is a perfect fit as we continue our transition to become a full-NCAA Division II member.”
Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell capped off a stellar four-year prep basketball career with Tulsa World 2nd-Team All-State recognition.
O’Dell, a 5-foot-5 floor general that will compete for the Lamar University Lady Cardinals in the Southland Conference next season, was one of five girls basketball players from Rogers County to earn All-State accolades.
Claremore senior point guard Kaleigh Cox, Inola senior point guard Lexi Williams, Verdigris senior guard Caitlyn Hanslovan and Verdigris freshman forward Keara Battenfield were named to the honorable mention squad.
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Strong senior leadership and a talented core of underclassmen have kept the Claremore Lady Zebras on a nine-game winning streak since falling in the season opener.
Senior midfielder Katelin Teter and senior defenders Jentry Cruce and Anna McGuire have the Lady Zebras playing their best soccer in the closing week of the regular season.
Behind Teter, Cruce and McGuire, as well as other seniors Bailey Bacon and Emily Parkinson, the Lady Zebras (9-1) are currently ranked No. 4 overall in the Class 5A girls soccer state poll.
BASEBALL: Claremore splits series with Collinsville
The moment Claremore senior catcher Matt Whatley got thrown out at home plate in the top of first inning, it was downhill for the Zebras.
Collinsville took advantage of six Claremore errors and erupted for 17 hits to thump the Zebras, 15-2 Friday afternoon in Metro Lakes Conference play.
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Nick Brown twirled a four-hitter and Catoosa held firm defensively with the game on the line, powering the Indians to a 4-3 victory over Fort Gibson Saturday on Senior Day.
RSU's Law silences UT-Permian Basin
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BASEBALL: UT-Arlington tops Oklahoma, 6-5
Oklahoma didn’t arrive at L. Dale Mitchell in a listless state on Tuesday. It knew the meeting with Texas-Arlington was important. Momentum needed to start heading in a positive direction.
Then OU started hitting into double plays and it was all downhill from there in a 6-5 loss to the Mavericks.
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NBA PLAYOFFS: DeRozan's 30 points lifts Raptors past Nets
DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors.
DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 on Tuesday night, evening their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.
NBA PLAYOFFS: Wizards take 2-0 lead over Bulls
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Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 points in overtime and the Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 is Friday at Washington.
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